Historical Events in July 1980

  • Jul 1 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe's world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • Jul 2 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • Jul 2 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • Jul 3 US Open Senior Golf, Winged Foot: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 shots from William C. Campbell
  • Jul 3 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon single crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his 5th straight Wimbledon crown
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 6 Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history
  • Jul 7 Jim King completes riding Miracle Strip Roller coaster 368 hours

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 7 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jul 7 Shawn Weatherly, of USA, crowned 29th Miss Universe
  • Jul 7 Jineane Ford, (AZ) replaces S Weatherly (Miss Univ) as 29th Miss USA
  • Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran
  • Jul 7 The Safra massacre in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 7 die in a stampede to see Pope John Paul II in Brazil

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jul 9 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced to 10 years
  • Jul 10 Willie Jones hospitalized for heat stroke with record 46.5°C temperature
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • Jul 11 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • Jul 13 35th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Jul 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jul 16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jul 17 Bolivian military coup; General Garcia Meza becomes president
  • Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president
  • Jul 17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • Jul 18 Federal court voids Selective Service Act as it doesn't include women
  • Jul 18 Quett Masire installed as President of Botswana
  • Jul 18 Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit
  • Jul 19 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 19 USSR's Walter Polovchak is placed in US custody at 12 after his asylum application

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 20 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • Jul 21 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Jul 23 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 23 Soyuz 37 ferries 2 cosmonauts (1 Vietnamese) to Salyut 6
  • Jul 25 Train crash at Winsum, 9 die
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • Jul 27 Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 28 Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaúnde Terry becomes president
  • Jul 30 Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • Jul 30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • Jul 30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • Jul 30 13th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Jul 31 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • Jul 31 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • Jul 31 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • Jul 31 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR